Netanyahu warns Ministers to prepare for Gaza offensive

9 Oct

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.(Photo: MEMO)

Palestine Chronicle, 8 October, 2018

Report: Netanyahu Warns Ministers to Prepare for Gaza Offensive

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned ministers that Israel is “preparing for the possibility of a military campaign in the Gaza Strip should the humanitarian conditions in the territory cause border clashes to spiral out of control”, according to the Times of Israel, citing a report by Hadashot news.

Netanyahu reportedly spoke of the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s attempt to “choke” Gaza during the cabinet meeting and said:

“If the reality of civil distress in Gaza is diminished, that is desirable, but that is not certain to happen, and so we are preparing militarily — that is not an empty statement”.

After Qatar agreed to boost aid for the occupied enclave, PA President Mahmoud Abbas was said on Saturday to be planning on cutting the flow of funds to the Gaza Strip.

Senior Israeli defense officials told Hadashot news that,

“Abbas was particularly frustrated with UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Nikolay Mladenov, who facilitated the transfer despite the PA president’s staunch objections”.

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